Depending on how you look at it, Spring brings out the best or the worst in allergens!
Thankfully, the great folks at all® has you covered.
- Hot, dry, windy days are peak allergy times.
- Pollen counts are highest in the morning, so schedule outdoor events later in the day.
- Get an allergy-free family member or friend to mow the lawn.
- Consider exercising indoors on very high-pollen days.
If you're not a fan of the way many allergy medications make you feel give salt water a try.
- Try a saline nasal rinse (either with a neti pot or a spray), which helps clear allergens like pollen from your nasal membranes, minimizing symptoms.
- Gargling with salt water can soothe a sore or scratchy throat. Do this once or twice a day throughout allergy season to ease congestion.
What to do about your eyes
- Get relief with cool eye compresses. They may improve appearance and reduce unwanted eye allergy symptoms.
- Wear big sunglasses to block pollen entry into your eyes and eyelids, especially on windy days.
- Wash your eyelids gently when you wash your face each morning.
Keep allergens out of your hair.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat to prevent pollens from landing on top of your head.
- Don’t use hair gel and similar hair-care products that can act as “pollen magnets” during the height of allergy season.
Don't drag allergens throughout your home.
- Take a shower to remove pollen and mold from your skin and hair.
- Take off the clothes you wore outside and place them in the washing machine right away.
- Kick off your shoes at the front door.
- Don't hang sheets and clothes on the line to dry in the fresh spring air.
Fight the allergens that do make it into your home.
- Use a vacuum with double-bagging or HEPA filter.
- If cleaning stirs up your allergies, wear an allergy mask.
- Reduce the amount of carpeting and drapes in your home. Consider tile and hardwood.
- Roll up your blinds and shades.
Consider planting an allergy-friendly garden.
- Plant gladiolus, periwinkle, begonia, bougainvillea, iris and orchid. These plants won’t aggravate your allergies.
- Avoid Daisies, chrysanthemum, amaranthus, dahlia, sunflower, black-eyed Susan, zinnia, privet and lilac. These flowers will drive up your allergy symptoms, especially if you really inhale their aroma up close.
With several years of record-breaking levels of seasonal pollens, it is essential to have an allergy survival plan in place. Do you have a survival plan? Have you got a great tip that I didn't list? Please join our all® Free & Clear Make This Allergy Season A Happy One Discussion and share with your fellow allergy sufferers!
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